2021 Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States

208 Colleges
31,737 Bachelor's Degrees
$35,993 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Computer Science Schools for Vets

Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesComputer Science is the #18 most popular major in the country with 31,737 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

This year's Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking analyzed 208 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in compsci. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality computer science programs as well as strong veteran support.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the computer science program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Computer Science Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying compsci.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Computer Science Schools

Massachusetts Institute of Technology comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. MIT is a large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Cambridge. MIT did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 11,574 students enrolled at MIT, 119 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 87 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $20,495. On top of their other funding sources, 43 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. USC is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles. USC not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 47,310 students enrolled at USC, 1,323 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 908 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $21,271. In addition to receiving other benefits, 415 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#3

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

Our rankings recognize Carnegie Mellon University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Carnegie Mellon is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Pittsburgh. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Carnegie Mellon has also earned the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Carnegie Mellon supports 14,029 students, and 107 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 80 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,066. On top of their other funding sources, 40 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the city of Tempe, ASU - Tempe is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, ASU - Tempe is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Of the 51,585 students enrolled at ASU - Tempe, 7,047 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 6,145 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,977. During this same period, 156 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#5

Brown University

Providence, RI

The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Brown University. Brown is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Providence. Brown also made our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list, coming in at #5.

Among the 10,257 students enrolled at Brown, 96 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 62 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $26,273. On top of their other funding sources, 58 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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North Carolina State University landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the city of Raleigh, NC State is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, NC State also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Of the 35,479 students enrolled at NC State, 1,068 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 719 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,891. To help with additional expenses, 33 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. NC State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Illinois Institute of Technology. Located in the city of Chicago, Illinois Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Illinois Tech excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Of the 6,753 students enrolled at Illinois Tech, 64 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 45 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,909. During this same period, 10 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Illinois Tech does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#8

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

Our rankings recognize Stanford University as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Stanford is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Stanford. Stanford also made our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list, coming in at #2.

According to our most recent data, Stanford supports 17,381 students, and 168 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 110 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,267. During this same period, 66 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Located in the city of Corvallis, Oregon State is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Oregon State also did well on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list. It's in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Oregon State supports 30,986 students, and 1,493 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 930 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,431. To help with additional expenses, 22 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Colorado Boulder comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. CU - Boulder is a fairly large public school located in the medium-sized city of Boulder. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, CU - Boulder is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,325 of the 36,681 students enrolled at CU - Boulder were GI Bill® students, of which 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,873. During this same period, 55 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. CU - Boulder does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Rochester Institute of Technology landed the #11 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Located in the suburb of Rochester, RIT is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, RIT also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, RIT supports 16,463 students, and 277 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 229 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,837. To help with additional expenses, 101 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the #12 school in this year's rankings. WPI is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Worcester. WPI also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States rankings.

Of the 6,874 students enrolled at WPI, 76 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $16,713. To help with additional expenses, 9 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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#13

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Cornell University comes in at #13 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Ithaca, Cornell is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Cornell excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Of the 23,600 students enrolled at Cornell, 621 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 519 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,152. During this same period, 150 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #14 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Berkeley. Located in the midsize city of Berkeley, UC Berkeley is a public college with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UC Berkeley also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 557 of the 42,501 students enrolled at UC Berkeley were GI Bill® students, of which 401 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,465. During this same period, 3 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

Our rankings recognize University of Pennsylvania as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. UPenn also took the #8 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, UPenn supports 25,860 students, and 272 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 153 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $22,428. On top of their other funding sources, 106 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology as the #16 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of Terre Haute, Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology also made our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list, coming in at #4.

Among the 2,142 students enrolled at Rose - Hulman Institute of Technology, 32 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 26 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,470. On top of their other funding sources, 21 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Binghamton University

Vestal, NY

Binghamton University comes in at #17 in this year's ranking. Binghamton University is a fairly large public school located in the midsize suburb of Vestal. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Binghamton University is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 104 of the 17,768 students enrolled at Binghamton University were GI Bill® students, of which 56 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,647. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Our rankings recognize Harvard University as the #18 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Cambridge, Harvard is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. Harvard also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 378 of the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard were GI Bill® students, of which 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,846. In addition to receiving other benefits, 175 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Chicago comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. UIC is a very large public school located in the city of Chicago. UIC excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 489 of the 31,683 students enrolled at UIC were GI Bill® students, of which 272 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,722. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#20

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Drexel University. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Drexel also is in the top 15% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, Drexel supports 24,634 students, and 745 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 578 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $19,336. On top of their other funding sources, 255 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Drexel does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Columbia University in the City of New York landed the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value computer science schools. Columbia is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Columbia is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

Among the 31,077 students enrolled at Columbia, 797 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 528 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. On top of their other funding sources, 361 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Portland State University

Portland, OR

Portland State University earned the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings. Portland State University is a fairly large public school located in the city of Portland.

Our most recent data shows that 1,179 of the 25,711 students enrolled at Portland State University were GI Bill® students, of which 767 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,347. During this same period, 96 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Tufts University

Medford, MA

Our rankings recognize Tufts University as the #23 school in this year's rankings. Tufts is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Medford. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Tufts also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States ranking.

Among the 11,586 students enrolled at Tufts, 41 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 28 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $24,339. In addition to receiving other benefits, 19 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Champaign, UIUC is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UIUC is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Computer Science in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, UIUC supports 49,702 students, and 500 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 247 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,702. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Washington State University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Pullman, Wazzu is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Among the 31,478 students enrolled at Wazzu, 1,046 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,054. In addition to receiving other benefits, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#29

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#30

San Jose State University

San Jose, CA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Computer Science Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
32 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
33 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
34 Southern Methodist University Dallas, TX
35 Towson University Towson, MD
36 Regis University Denver, CO
37 California State University - Fullerton Fullerton, CA
38 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
39 Montana State University Bozeman, MT
40 University of Missouri - Kansas City Kansas City, MO
41 California State University - Sacramento Sacramento, CA

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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